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After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Gen. 15:1)

Growing up in Maine, the winters were perfect for snowball fights. The key to success was two components: good packing snow and a way to protect yourself. We would build forts and hide behind make-shift walls to create shields against the snowy ammunition. Behind your shield, you could rest for a moment and get ready for battle again. Without a shield, you were doomed to be pelted with snow. There were few moments as terrifying as when you had to come out from behind your place of refuge and face your opponent with no protection.

When God called himself a shield for Abram, there was a promise of rest that accompanied the protection. The relationship between Abram and God had come to a point where Abram could completely lean on God in times of trouble. Rather than living in fear, always tense about what would be coming against him, Abram could feel safe and confident. Abram did not have to fight his battles alone because God was on his side.

God does not leave us defenseless either. He is our shield. However, if we do not use him as our protection, we are doomed to be pelted by the snowballs of life. With God in front of us, we have nothing to fear. Leaning on God for protection provides security and rest.

Surrender your battle to the protection of the Lord.

Carla Working copastors a Wesleyan church in Huntington, Indiana, with her husband. She also works for the Crossroads District as a ministry liaison.

© 2021 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.